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NZ CIO Summit - Emerging Leaders' Forum
Free exclusive event - 21 August 2024, Spark Arena

Connect, network, and grow your skills at this inaugural forum at New Zealand’s leading conference for senior ICT leaders. With a focus on connection and inspiration, this forum will examine how to become a CIO in today’s tech environment – the skills, the attributes and the attitudes required to lead teams, projects, and departments.  

Limited to 50 participants, this exclusive forum, supported by DeployPartners, will be facilitated by David Kennedy, who previously held the roles of COO at Cin7 and CIO at Transaction Services Ltd, now actively coaches unicorns, guides organisations, and mentors individuals for sustainable growth and innovation.       


Who should register

Inspiration | Progression | Development

This forum has been crafted specifically for those who are not at the senior levels of ICT Leadership. Ideally you will have a few years' experience in a relevant technology role and have aspirations to become a CIO, CTO, CDO or other senior technology leader. We welcome all attendees who are looking for that next step and want to learn about the skills, attributes and attitudes required. 

  • Fast-track your development: Gain insights and practical skills directly from established CIOs.

  • Become an industry leader: Immerse yourself in a stimulating environment designed to foster the next generation of tech visionaries.

  • Network with the elite: Build connections with industry leaders and peers, propelling your career forward.

Check out the agenda below.

Fuel the Future of Tech Leadership

Are you an aspiring tech leader hungry to take the next step in your career? We encourage you to register your interest for the Emerging Leaders' Forum! 

Or, do you know a bright mind with the potential to shape the future of tech leadership in New Zealand? We invite you to nominate an inspiring emerging leader from your team for this exclusive event. 

Registrations now closed.

Meet the mentors

Ange Nash

Chief Information Officer

AA Insurance

David Kennedy

River Guide for boards & executive teams 

Neville Richardson

Chief Information Officer


Roxanne Salton

Chief Digital Officer

Southern Cross Health Society

Steve James

GM Technology

Woolworths NZ

Hilary Walton

Technology Strategist

YouTuber of Digital Content Ideas


21 August 2024 - Spark Arena
21 August 2024 - Spark Arena
10:20Registration Opens and Refreshments
11:00Opening from the MC
David Kennedy, River Guide for Boards & Executive Teams
11:10Opening sessions - Hear from leading CIOs and former CIOs about their career pathways

David Kennedy, River Guide for Boards & Executive Teams

River Guide for scaling companies - I have been fortunate enough to learn how to scale international tech companies collaborating with incredible talent. Now it's time to pass on my experience.


Neville Richardson, Chief Information Officer, Gallagher

Neville builds diverse, high performing teams, by building psychologically safe environments where people can grow, with a focus on the people and structure side of IS as much as technology. 

Prior to taking the role at Gallagher, Neville had been CIO in another of New Zealand’s Iconic brands, and previous to that held senior IS and procurement roles at a leading premium automotive manufacturer, working in UK, Germany, South Africa and China.

And to prove it takes all sorts, Neville originally trained as an archaeologist, although is committed not to become an old relic as his career progresses. 


Angela Nash,Chief Information Officer, AA Insurance

Angela is an experienced and accomplished Technology Executive who has led companies through significant technology and transformational change. She recently joined AA Insurance after several years as Chief Information & Technology Officer at New Zealand Rugby. Angela is responsible for AA Insurance's Digital, Data & Technology teams to create more great experiences for its customers now and into the future.

Angela has worked in several executive technology and leadership roles in both the public and private sector, across sectors such as Telecommunications, Consulting, Solutions Delivery & National Sporting Organisations. In addition to her professional experience, Angela works on various boards and committees and is a member of the Institute of Directors. In 2023, she was awarded the IDC & Brightstar CIO of the Year and is ranked #2 on the Foundry CIO Top 50


Steve James, GM Technology, Woolworths NZ

With three decades of experience in the Technology industry, I have seen it all: from starting out resetting external 28.8 modems in an ISP call centre to leading teams of Technology professionals. My true passion is People and Tech Leadership, where I combine my skills as a Technologist with my ability to inspire and motivate others. I believe that passion and laughter are essential ingredients for a successful work environment, and I try to bring them every day. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing casual games, and listening to podcasts and audiobooks to keep my mind sharp.


What I’m thinking about at the moment, how my place as a Pakeha middle-aged male plays out as I try to kick open doors for others, how large language models can be another tool for positive change and also how to bring meaning to the people in my care at work. At Woolworths New Zealand our challenge is to provide great products and service in a highly eyeballed and sensitive market.


Roxanne Salton,Chief Digital Officer, Southern Cross Health Society

Roxanne leads the Society’s technology business strategy and market-leading experiences for the Society’s internal and external customers. She is well-known for bringing her business expertise into the technology sector. She is an influential and inspirational leader who has specialised in Digital Transformation across large enterprise, Strategy Development, Product Innovation, Disruptive Technologies and Emerging Markets.

Roxanne has held leadership roles in the digital world in the banking, telecommunications and publishing industries including at ASB, Spark and ACP Media. Her expertise in transformation, innovation and disruption has been influenced by the changing economies of these industries.

Roxanne enjoys translating the ever-changing face of technology (ICT) to other parts of the wider business and her anchor point has always been a fervent advocacy of the customer experience. Roxanne is an experienced public speaker and known as a high energy, talented communicator and motivator. She is also a passionate supporter of women in sectors where they are underrepresented.

12.00Hilary Walton, Technology Strategist and Digital Culture YouTuber

Hilary Walton is a director and a Technology Strategist at Microsoft and prior to this she was CISO of the Kordia Group. She has a diverse background in psychology, ICT, risk management, and security and has worked for organizations such as Mi5 and the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. 

Hilary is also an author, having written a book on security culture. She is a digital influencer who is passionate about sharing digital culture ideas through her YouTube show and podcast called "Digital Culture Ideas". 

She has received various awards and recognition, including being a winner of the 2022 Women in Security Aotearoa, Thought Leader category and Women in ICT – Rising Star category. She can be found on various social media platforms including LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Threads, X (Twitter), and TikTok as @HilsWalton 

Ask us anything Q&A Session
 12:30Facilitated Roundtables
Each of our speakers will facilitate a roundtable to help guide your journey to becoming a CIO! Each table will be refined for who will be joining us and more details will be released closer to the time of the event. 
 1:15 Networking Lunch